John Azevedo will lead the nation’s second largest dairy processing cooperative.
Also elected were John Bidart, former second vice chairman, to first vice chairman, and John Moons, former treasurer, to second vice chairman. Executive committee members, John Dores and Gary Bos, were re-elected to secretary and member-at-large, respectively. Board member Jamie Bledsoe will join the executive committee as treasurer.
"I am honored to have been elected chairman of the board at California Dairies, Inc.," says Azevedo. "To be given an opportunity to represent the member-owners of the largest milk processing cooperative in the state of California is a responsibility I respectfully assume. It is an exciting time at California Dairies, Inc. as the cooperative grows its markets, its products and the return on investment to its member-owners. I look forward to the challenge of improving the cooperative and the California dairy industry."
A member of the board of directors since 2007, Azevedo also serves on the California Dairies’ Political Action Committee, the Milk Fat Marketing Challenge Dairy Products, Inc. Committee, and the Finance and Capital Base Planning Committee. As chairman he will serve in an ex officio capacity on all committees.
CDI, based in Visalia, Calif., produces more than 17 billion pounds of milk products annually for commercial and consumer use. The cooperative produces 43% of California’s milk or 9% of the milk produced in the U.S. A manufacturer of quality fluid milk products, butter and milk powders, CDI has sales of more than $3 billion across all 50 states and in more than 50 foreign countries. As a member-owned milk marketing and processing cooperative, CDI is co-owned by 430 California dairymen who ship 18 billion pounds (8.1 million metric tons) of milk annually. Member dairies are located from San Diego County in the south to Sacramento County in the north.
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